Beautiful ways to BEAT THE HEAT!
Sun-kissed, flawless skin and tumbling beach-tousled tendrils: these lofty ideals may be what we aspire to in summer but in reality, when we hit higher temperatures, our skin glistens with an oily shine and our hair swells with humidity. There probably are some women for whom beach chic is effortless, and good luck to them. For the rest of us, we need extra help in the heat to avoid looking hot and bothered, with a giant barnet!
Starting off with your skin, hotter weather tends to means extra face oil as your pores relax and open, giving you a shiny face to contend with. To beat this oiliness, choose your suncare wisely. As you would with skincare, pick a sunscreen suitable for your skin type. Drier skin will need hydration as well as sun protection — this you will find in a rich lotion or cream sunscreen; try Soltan Face Moisturising Cream SPF 30 (€6.49, Boots).
Combination or oily skin does not need any additional moisture for the most part, so buy an oil-free SPF gel or light lotion instead. These types of sunscreen are becoming common because not only do they help the skin resist higher temperatures but they work extremely well under make-up so they double as great protection on the beach but also for everyday wear in cities that have hot summers. Clinique’s CC Hydrating Colour Corrector SPF 30, € 35, and Elizabeth Arden’s Eight Hour Sun Defense Face SPF 50, €48, are two excellent options. The former includes some colour so it can work as both suncare and foundation when the temperature rises.
Damp underarm patches are the worst summer accessory, so if you are a sufferer, check the sweat- control product you’ve been using. Deodorant works to neutralise the bacteria on the skin while additional fragrances mask nasty niffs caused by any remaining bacteria and sweat released in the armpit. Antiperspirant, on the other hand, actually fills the sweat gland, forming a plug to block the release of sweat, and any additional fragrance is to mask sweat that breaks through. An antiperspirant/deodorant performs in both ways by blocking sweat and neutralising bacteria. If your sweating is severe, talk to your local pharmacist about clinical-strength options.
Finally, humidity swells the hair shaft — what looked nicely dried and styled at home can become a horrid head of frizz midway through the day. So try this. Moisturise your hair with a lightweight masque to tame frizz without weighing down your tresses. Before blow- drying, run a drop of serum or hair oil through the lengths of your hair to block out humidity. After styling, finish off with a spritz of anti-humidity hairspray — Redken’s Pure Force 20 Finishing Spray (€14.20, from salons) gives 24-hour humidity resistance and eight hours’ control; use it all summer long for silky locks!